- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Oxford is going to help visitors find their way to some of the community’s top attractions, such as Rowan Oak and the city’s visitor’s center.

The Oxford Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1iA4toK ) the Mississippi Department of Transportation will put up signs under the exit signs on Mississippi Highways 6 and 7 to indicate where “tourist information” can be found.

Additional way-finding signs are also planned to be erected to direct visitors around other points of interest in Oxford.

Currently, a few blue way-finding signs can be found on the entrances into the downtown area on North and South Lamar boulevards. These signs direct tourists to historical sites, such as the L.Q.C. Lamar House and Rowan Oak, the last home of William Faulkner.

“Everything that is on the signs now will remain, but we are going to add to them,” said Kinney Ferris, assistant director of Visit Oxford. “We’re going to enhance the ones that are there and put up some new ones.

Ferris said visitors stopping in at the center have often expressed difficulty getting around and finding key tourist attractions.

“Some come in and say, ‘We finally found you,’” Ferris said. “We’re going to try to make that easier to do.”

“Once we can get them here (to the Visit Oxford office), we have all the maps and brochures for everything they may be interested in seeing here in Oxford.”

Visit Oxford opened the new visitor’s center last year after separating from the Oxford Conference Center, where it had shared offices for the past several years. They also had a small area inside City Hall where they placed brochures and other tourist information.

Originally called the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau, the organization changed its name to Visit Oxford around the time it moved to the new visitor’s center.

Ferris said transportation officials expect to have the signs up within the month.


Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com

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